CLASSIC COMEDY REVIEW: SIX HILARIOUS MONUMENTS FROM PSYCHOVILLE
Following the third season and movie version of the League of Gentlemen, Reece Shearsmith, Steve Pemberton, Mark Gatiss and Jeremy Dyson would find a cornucopia of acting and writing work on radio, film, TV and the theatre. In fact, their respective talents would make them very much in demand as they appeared or wrote for work such as: Doctor Who, Sherlock, Whitechapel, Marple, Benidorm, Poirot, Happy Valley, Ghost Stories (stage), Spaced, A Field in England (2013), The Widower, The World’s End (2013), High Rise (2015) and many, many more.
On top of that Steve Pemberton and Reece Shearsmith collaborated on a fraternal relation to the League of Gentlemen called Psychoville. Here they committed another gruesome set of original characters each with their own mysterious past. They brought together, over the crooked path of two seasons and a Halloween special, programmes involving all manner of murder, comedy, telekinesis, mental illness, mistaken identity and disgusting deeds.
If you haven’t seen it then I urge you to do so as it is insanely clever and darkly funny. Here are SIX clips which highlight the genius of the show. You can still catch all the episodes on Netflix, if you have the stomach for it.
**THESE CLIPS CONTAIN SPOILERS**
SEASON 1 – MURDER MYSTERY SCENE
David takes the Murder Mystery evening a tad too far!
SEASON 1 – “ROPE” PARODY
This is an insanely clever and silly homage to Alf Hitchcock’s masterful “one-take” thriller.
SEASON 2 – CREEPY LIBRARIAN
Reece Shearsmith plays an obsessional librarian perfectly!
SEASON 2 – TINA TURNER KARAOKE
Probably one of the funniest and bizaare impressions of Tina Turner ever!
SEASON 1 – THE JOY OF BIRTH
Unhinged midwife Joy speaks very honestly about the “glory” of birth.
HALLOWEEN SPECIAL – MR JELLY ORDERS A PROSTITUTE
Bitter clown Mr Jelly calls a lady of the night who does “specials”!